Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Tsunami's Bacon Wrapped Dates

Posted By on Tue, May 26, 2015 at 10:07 AM


Dates… good. Bacon… good. Wrap bacon around dates? Yummy! That’s exactly what Tsunami has done with their bacon wrapped dates with sweet chile sauce ($6).

You get five bacon-wrapped dates with the dish on a small bed of cabbage. The dates taste sweet and the bacon is crispy, not crunchy. You can actually pop an entire bacon wrapped date into your mouth and just savor away, enjoying the sweetness of the dates mixed with the chewy texture of the bacon. It’s not in the least bit greasy! The sweet chile sauce describes itself. It’s light and kicks the sweetness level of the dish right up to where you want it to be.

Sometimes simple is best, and that’s the case here.

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Cheerwine Looking for Memphis Living Legends

Posted By on Fri, May 22, 2015 at 4:30 PM


Bo Stevenson, reppin' North Carolina-based soft drink company Cheerwine, will be in Memphis next Friday and Saturday, May 29th and 30th as part of Cheerwine's Local Legends, National Treasures program.

According to the press release, Local Legends "is a grassroots movement to shine a spotlight on local legends worthy of nationwide acclaim." 

Local legends can be a place or a person. 

Interested in offering input? Use #cheerwinelocallegends on Twitter and Instagram. 

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Lunch at Uncle Buck's Fish Bowl

Posted By on Thu, May 21, 2015 at 4:40 PM


Pam said that Bass Pro reminded her of a casino, and indeed it does that have that self-contained-village vibe. Everything seems absolutely separate from the outside world and there's no sense of time. 

This suspended quality extends to Uncle Buck's Fish Bowl, which is designed to make diners feel like they are dining under water in a fish bowl complete with fish ... 


and a mermaid ... 


— the occasionally jarring clunk of the bowling bowls hitting the lanes, notwithstanding ...

The sense of timelessness is interrupted by the very real line snaking around the corner of Uncle Buck's. On the day we were there, after 1 p.m. on a Wednesday, it took about 20 minutes to get seated. 

It seemed that there was plenty of seating, and I suspect that the restaurant isn't fully staffed. We sat at the bar, and there was some tiny confusion about who should be taking our order, which was ultimately written down on a cocktail napkin. 

I ordered a caesar salad ($6), which was good. There are a few other vegetarian options — a Margherita flatbread and cheese and veggie pizzas. 

More intriguing was Pam's burger, the Fire Pit burger ($12), which comes covered in jalapenos. Pam was both impressed by the jalapenos and the brioche bun. 

The menu offers a little something for everyone: onion ring trophy ($7); fried alligator ($11); fish tacos ($11); catfish fingers ($11); bbq pork sandwich ($9.50); buffalo burger ($14); and more. Most of us will find something to eat at Uncle Buck's, but I'm not convinced that most of us would go to Bass Pro for Uncle Buck's alone when there are three dozen-plus local restaurants in downtown. 

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Crafts & Drafts Call for Vendors

Posted By on Tue, May 19, 2015 at 12:44 PM


The Memphis Flyer's Crafts & Drafts is set for November 14th at Crosstown Arts. 

The event is a curated exhibit and sale of art and crafts, PLUS THERE'S BEER!!!!

Vendor applications are now being accepted. Pass it around ... 

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Amerigo's Cheese Fritters

Posted By on Tue, May 19, 2015 at 10:01 AM


Who doesn’t love cheese? Better yet, who doesn’t love fried cheese? As a child, mozzarella sticks were one of my favorite things to eat. Now, let me happily introduce to you an adult version of one of your childhood favorites, the cheese fritters at Amerigo Italian Restaurant. You can do a small order of four ($7) or a full order of six fritters ($9).

There’s a reason why this appetizer was featured in Bon Appétit. The cheese fritters are fried to perfection. With the first bite, you get the crunch of the crispy exterior and a bunch of cheesy flavors. That’s because there’s four different types of cheese inside: Cheddar, Swiss, Parmesan, and Mozzarella. The fritters are also gooey and the cheese stretches just the way you want a cheese stick to. They’re nicely melted! This is a heavy dish that’s rich in taste. Split them with a friend!

The cheese fritters come with marinara sauce and honey mustard. The marinara sauce makes for great dipping, but the honey mustard is the star — so sweet and smoky. I made sure that not one bit of it was left on the plate!

These cheese fritters are cheese sticks on drugs. Good drugs!

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Guess Where I'm Eating Contest 66

Posted By on Mon, May 18, 2015 at 9:49 AM


The giveaway for this week's contest is a good one. The first two people to correctly ID the dish and where I'm eating each win a pair of tickets to Literacy Mid-South's Literatini, Friday, June 12th, 7-10 p.m., at the Booksellers at Laurelwood.

This fund-raiser features a seriously fun "Martini Death Match," during which bars and restaurants compete for best martini. Plus, Marja Mills, author of the Harper Lee memoir The Mockingbird Next Door, will be at the event. 

To enter, submit your answer to me via email at ellis@memphisflyer.com

The answer to GWIE 65 is French press coffee and a croissant at Tart, and the winner is ... Lee Ann Sturch!

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Shotwell Wins the Southern Living Food Award

Posted By on Thu, May 14, 2015 at 4:37 PM

  • Shotwell Candy Co.

Shotwell Candy Co.
was among the winners of Southern Living's first-ever Southern Living Food Awards. They'll be featured in the June issue. 

From the press release: "Editors tasted more than 300 of the newest artisan products, whether they were jarred, baked or distilled, to find the best of the best. What they came up with is 24 of their favorite new Southern-made
foods, from a gourmet take on pork rinds to a peppery honey that’s harvested by urban beekeepers. 

In other Shotwell news, they recently introduced a new seasonal caramel: Southern Honey & Granola. It's made with local honey and granola from Yippie Hippie Granola. The idea was to mimic a Bit-O-Honey. 

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

A Visit to Sprouts

Posted By on Wed, May 13, 2015 at 12:38 PM


Sprouts Farmers Market
opened this morning in Lakeland. The store, which has the tag line "Healthy living for less," was described to me as what would happen if Whole Foods and Trader Joe's had a baby. That seems about right. 

The store is 28,000 square feet (the Kroger on Union is roughly the same size), with an emphasis on fresh, natural, and organic foods. I saw nary a Coke product nor Hershey bar.  


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Bella Cafe To Open Location Downtown

Posted By on Wed, May 13, 2015 at 10:40 AM


Bella Cafe
, which operates out of the Pink Palace, will open a second location on the second floor of the Raymond James building at 50 Front. 

Owner Mitch Buckner says they plan to be open for breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday, serving sandwiches, wraps, salads, burgers, daily blue plate specials, breakfast sandwiches, and desserts. The space will also feature a full coffee bar with coffee drinks and fruit smoothies. Buckner helped open Tamp & Tap, so expect to see a few menu items from there as well. 

They will also use the kitchen for catering.

They're hoping to be open by mid-June. 

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Sweet Noshings' Memphis Mix Popcorn

Posted By on Tue, May 12, 2015 at 12:05 PM

Sweet Noshings has all kinds of chocolates, candies, jellybeans, ice cream and fudge imaginable, but the hidden gem is their gourmet popcorn. All of the popcorn is popped and flavored in the store. There’s everything from Cinnamon, Honey Butter and Green Apple to their very popular Sea Salt Caramel. You can't get more local than that.


Or can you? Another gourmet popcorn flavor that’s available is called the “Memphis Mix.” I was all in! The “Memphis Mix” is two different flavors of popcorn, caramel and BBQ. The caramel is sweet and melts in your mouth. The BBQ pieces are mild. Together, it creates a savory taste with a hint of cheesiness to it. The “Memphis Mix” definitely tastes different than what you expect. I thought it was going to be a combination of sweet and spicy flavors. Nope! I was pleasantly surprised.


The popcorn comes in a one-size bag for $5 and fits about nine cups of popcorn. Trust me, it’s a lot. Oh and if you’re like me and want to make sure you’ll like it… you can try before you buy. Just ask for a sample. They aim to please.

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Monday, May 11, 2015

Guess Where I'm Eating Contest 65

Posted By on Mon, May 11, 2015 at 12:07 PM

Mid-morning, mid-week, a pretty day ... 


The first person to correctly ID the dish and where I'm eating wins a fabulous prize.  

To enter, submit your answer to me via email at ellis@memphisflyer.com

The answer to GWIE 64 is the Santa Fe salad at Cheffie's, and the winner is ... Colin Roper!

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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Taste the Rarity Festival Saturday

Posted By on Thu, May 7, 2015 at 10:40 AM


Wiseacre's Taste the Rarity Festival is Saturday, May 9th, 3-7 p.m.

The festival, now in its second year, features rare beers from breweries across the country. Among those participating are 2nd Shift, Three Floyds, Wicked Weed, and Amnesia. Tickets are $50.

Felicia Suzanne's is offering a Mother's Day meal to go. Featured on the menu are smoked salmon deviled eggs, crawfish and Vidalia onion pie, beef tenderloin, potato salad, asparagus salad, and coconut cream pie. 


Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Capriccio's BBQ Salad in a Jar

Posted By on Wed, May 6, 2015 at 11:04 AM

Capriccio Grill at The Peabody has a new concept for their lunch menu, "Modern Southern Comfort." There are daily specials (beef brisket on Mondays, fried chicken on Wednesdays), as well as Southern staples such as shrimp & grits, fried green tomatoes, and deviled eggs.

One of the new items on the menu, BBQ Salad in a Mason Jar ($10). Hey, we’re in the South, so why not put our salads in a mason jar? I love it and the mason jar gives the dish charm.


The mason jar is filled with braised turkey shank, kidney beans, coleslaw, BBQ dressing, and comes with two large pieces of hearts of romaine lettuce.

Everything is layered, so I mixed it all together. The first thing that stands out is how creamy the coleslaw is. The braised turkey shank is nice and sweet. You really don’t taste the BBQ sauce, and there’s more coleslaw than meat. However the size of the dish is deceptive. It looks small but there’s a lot of food in the jar. I was full when I was done.

This is pretty much a yummy BBQ sandwich without the bread. I actually forked a little bit of everything out of the Mason Jar and put it right on top of the pieces of lettuce. It’s a creative, mini lettuce BBQ sandwich. Don’t let the fact that this menu item is under the salad section fool you. It’s far from a salad!

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Monday, May 4, 2015

Justin Timberlake as a Lime in Sauza 901 Ad

Posted By on Mon, May 4, 2015 at 4:05 PM

  • etonline
Justin Timberlake stars as a lime in this just-in-time for Cinco de Mayo ad for his tequila Sauza 901

Mashable.com has the details.  Or, watch the video below.

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